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I may have posted this in the wrong section earlier. I'll try here. Sorry if its not allowed.


My stimulus check just came in plus I got a $1000 bonus at work. Wife says I can build the kid a new computer. I need some help with picking a motherboard. Here's what I picked so far...

E8400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037
Should do for starters.

4Gig OCZ memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227288
Not familiar with this brand, but heard good things about it.

4870 Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125225
I figure its got Dx 10.1, a little future proof.

SB Gamer Sound Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102006
Don't know the difference between cards, so just picked one.

My favorite P.S. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703013
Not modular, but good.

1T hard drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136284
Not sure if RAID would be worth it or not.

Have DELL 24" monitor(1920 x 1200), Mx-518 mouse, Eclipse keyboard.
Still looking for case. Not that important now.

Now the questions.

1) Not sure what motherboard to get. Not interested in Crossfire or SLi.
Would like at least 2 or 3 free PCi slots. I figure if I go RAID, this is about $1500 already. I can splurge another $200 for motherboard.

2) Not sure if the speeds for the CPU, memory, and motherboard will match properly.

3) With this 1 video card, will it comfortably handle 1920 x 1200?

4) Not sure if I need RAID or not. Planning on splitting drive in half and dual booting XP/Vista (64 bit).

5) Sound card good enough?

6) Comments/Suggestions/Improvements?


Thanks for help.
Edited by marmaduke - 7/9/08 at 8:15am
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post #2 of 6
None of your links work :[ at least for me.
EDIT:

screw DDR3, change your ram to these OCZ reapers:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227289 127$

that PSU is overkill, for 1 card and 1 hard drive. get this corsair instead. pretty quiet, modular, and and very higly rated from johnny guru.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005



Motherboard - DFI's P35 DK board, i have its little brother and it overclocks like a BEAST, 120$, 1 PCI-E slot, 3 PIC slots
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136043

you can get raid like performance from a solid 750 GB hd or 640 GB HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218

the graphics card will yes, take 1920x1200 very smoothly, VERY smoothly
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=14

Good choice on the sound card.
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Gigabyte GA-P45-DS3R is a good choice, has the option for raid if you decide you want it or step down to the ds3l if you don't.

Seems to be getting positive reviews but it is fairly new so there aren't alot of reviews out yet.
    
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I re-did all the links. Seems to be working now. Sorry.
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Originally Posted by marmaduke View Post
I may have posted this in the wrong section earlier. I'll try here. Sorry if its not allowed.


My stimulus check just came in plus I got a $1000 bonus at work. Wife says I can build the kid a new computer. I need some help with picking a motherboard. Here's what I picked so far...

E8400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037
Should do for starters.

4Gig OCZ memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227288
Not familiar with this brand, but heard good things about it.

4870 Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125225
I figure its got Dx 10.1, a little future proof.

SB Gamer Sound Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102006
Don't know the difference between cards, so just picked one.

My favorite P.S. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703013
Not modular, but good.

1T hard drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136284
Not sure if RAID would be worth it or not.

Have DELL 24" monitor(1920 x 1200), Mx-518 mouse, Eclipse keyboard.
Still looking for case. Not that important now.

Now the questions.

1) Not sure what motherboard to get. Not interested in Crossfire or SLi.
Would like at least 2 or 3 free PCi slots. I figure if I go RAID, this is about $1500 already. I can splurge another $200 for motherboard.

2) Not sure if the speeds for the CPU, memory, and motherboard will match properly.

3) With this 1 video card, will it comfortably handle 1920 x 1200?

4) Not sure if I need RAID or not. Planning on splitting drive in half and dual booting XP/Vista (64 bit).

5) Sound card good enough?

6) Comments/Suggestions/Improvements?


Thanks for help.
1 - P45-DS3R is a decent board. If you don't want raid, you can get the P45-DS3L. If you do want raid, grab the DS3R.

2 - Screw DDR3, get DDR2 1066. If you get Vista, grab a 2x2 kit. For XP, get 2x1gb kit. Even a 2x2 kit of 1066 is around 60$ cheaper. 2x1 is about a hundred bucks cheaper.

3 - Should be ok. You can check 4870 reviews to see how well they perform at that resolution. Link: http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...-amd-wins.html
That's for 2560x1600 resolution.

4 - Raid0 of two drives doubles space and increases performance. One drive should be good enough. If the raid0 fails, you lose all your data unless you back up data to another drive regularly.

5 - Sound cards pretty good. Not the best, but better than onboard sound alright.

6 - If you want raid, you can grab 2 640gb Western Digital drives for 20$ less than that 1TB drive at newegg and get more performance. Remember, if the raid fails, you lose all the data unless you back it up regularly to another drive. There are programs for that.

Also, that PSU is overkill. You can get a 650TX (whatever the 650 Corsair one is) and still have plenty of juice.

This, http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-hx10...207510101.html, is cheaper and has more juice if like having a PSU that's total overkill for your system.
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^ I agree with all of them there. 4870 is a very good choice in a video card
The processor will be fine, one of the better ones
As for the Power Supply I recommend the corsair one as some others suggested 750w or 650w(for modular)
Motherboards you can get anything really. I would get the p45 chipset for pci-e 2.0 like...this
I would also recommend in getting 2 640gb hard drives for RAID these
I wouldn't recommend dual booting at this point. Just get a 64bit version of Windows Home Premium with SP1. Most if not all of the little bugs are all ironed out
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